Author guidelines for the Yearbook


Information for authors




Submit your manuscript by email: nordia.editor(at) or follow the instructions in the call for papers.



To be accepted, the manuscript must make a significant contribution to geographic research and be grounded in relevant literature. Manuscripts are evaluated by double-blind refereeing process.



Articles or theme issues are accepted for publishing by review panel (board of The Geographical Society of Northern Finland serves as panel or assigns it)


English-language editing

It is highly recommended that non-native writers choose to have the language of their manuscripts professionally checked before submission. All language editing services are paid for and arranged by the author.


Manuscript style and length

Accepted submission file formats are Word .docx and also .doc (if necessary). Manuscripts should be prepared with 1.5 line spacing, 12 pt Times New Roman font and one column. There is no absolute maximum length for papers, but in practice manuscripts having over 9000 words must have justified reason for their length. Length for short essays is 2000–4000 words.


Manuscript types

Research article: ca 6000–9000 words (tables and figures not included), makes a significant contribution to research and is grounded on relevant literature, structure consists of abstract, introduction and description of the research, results, discussion and summary of the results, relevant tables and/or figures.


Review: ca 3000–6000 words (tables and figures not included), sums up the current state of understanding on a particular topic.


Short essay: ca 2000–4000 words (tables and figures not included), makes a significant contribution but is still in progress, of smaller scale or can be reported briefly. The structure is similar as in research article.


Extended abstract: ca 1000–1500 words (tables and figures not included), should be grounded on relevant literature and state clearly what new the research adds. Its structure consists of introduction and description of the research, results and discussion. May contain 1–2 figures or tables. Targeted primarly for graduate students in the final stage of their studies.


Title page

The title page should appear separate, as manuscripts are submitted anonymously to referees. Include 1) title (16 pt bold); 2) author name(s), affiliation(s), professional address(es) and email(s); 3) abstract and 4) keywords.


Abstract and keywords

An abstract not exceeding 300 words is required. Include also 3-6 relevant keywords.


Headings Only the first letter and proper names are capitalized. A maximum of two levels of headings may be used. Headings are formatted as follows:


This is a first-level heading (12 pt bold)

This is a second level heading (12 pt italics)


Illustrations and tables

In the digital journal, the use of colours, particularly for complex maps and diagrams, is encouraged. However, when choosing the colour scheme, consider the reproduction of colours on black-and-white prints and photocopies. Images should be included as separate image files (not attached to the text document). Use TIF/JPG/PNG formats at 300 dpi resolution (minimum). (NB. figures are printed in greyscale but in appear full colour on the website). The print version is published in B5 paper size. Ensure that heavy lines in line art are saved as pure black, and avoid unusual fonts and too small text size.


Tables must be included as a separate file typed using few horizontal rules and no vertical rules.

Illustrations, as well as tables, are numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 4, and Table 1). Refer to all figures and tables in the text and specify the figure as (Figure 1.)

Captions for Figures and Tables must be typed on a separate document. The approximate position of Figures and Tables in the text should be marked [Figure 1].


Equations should be numbered consecutively with bracketed Arabic numerals in the right-hand margin. Authors must provide instructions for any special typeface required (e.g., bold, italic, Greek). Careful attention must be paid to sub- and superscript symbols, and upper- and lower-case letters. Equations have to be submitted as high-quality image files and printed as black and white.


Measurements must all be given in SI metric system.



It is the author's responsibility to obtain copyright permission for the reproduction of images, tables or other material and to ensure adequate acknowledgement.


Footnotes / Endnotes

Informational notes must be used only in very exceptional needs and restricted to the minimum.



In the typescript, references should be indicated by giving the author’s name and the year of publication (Hjort et al. 2010; Varanka & Luoto 2012; Alahuhta & Heino 2013).


References are listed alphabetically at the end of the paper under the heading References. References must be separated by a 1 cm hanging indentation from the second line.


Names of publications, journals and separate books should be italicised. Unpublished theses, reports and manuscripts should not be italicised. Avoid capital letters but for first words of a title and proper names for books. Give journal titles in full with volume: number, inclusive pages. Page numbers are separated with the en-dash (longer than the hyphen).




Journal article

Rozman, A., J. Diaci & F. Batič (2013). Functional analysis of vegetation on alpine treeline ecotone in the Julian and Kamnik-Savinja Alps in Slovenia. European Journal of Forest Research 132: 4, 579–591.

Dunnett, O., A. S. Maclaren, J. Klinger, K. M. D. Lane & D. Sage (2017). Geographies of outer space: Progress and new opportunities. Progress in Human Geography.

Kurkela, P. (1978). Miten hoidan poroa. Nordia Tiedonantoja 1978: 5, 1–124.



Elden, S. (2013). The birth of territory. 493 p. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Deleuze, G. (1994 [1968]). Difference and repetition [Différence et répetition]. Translated by Patton, P., 350 p. Athlone Press, London.


Edited book

Brown, T., S. McLafferty & G. Moon (2010; eds.). A Companion to health and medical geography. 640 p. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.


Chapter of book

Agnew, J. & D. Livingstone (2011). Introduction. In Agnew, J. & D. Livingstone (eds.): The SAGE handbook of geographical knowledge, 1–18. Sage, London.


All other publications 

Geurs, K. & J. Ritsema van Eck (2001). Accessibility measures: review and applications. Evaluation of accessibility impacts of land-use transport scenarios, and related social and economic impacts. RIVM report 408505 006. 265 p. <> (accessed 8 Aug 2012).